Queenstown

Travel Guide
Queenstown

This alpine resort town in New Zealand’s South Island is an adventure-lover's paradise and the birthplace of bungee jumping and jet boating.

The South Island of New Zealand is famous for its dramatic landscapes and adventure sports, and the hub for outdoor activity in the region is Queenstown. Nestled between the longest lake in the country, Lake Wakatipu, and the mountain Ben Lomond, Queenstown is one of the most popular tourist towns in New Zealand. The town attracts hikers, campers, mountain bikers, skiers and those who simply want to immerse themselves in the incredible natural beauty of New Zealand.

The town’s southern location means it has an oceanic climate. From May through to August snow-capped peaks surround the city. Skiers, snowboarders and wintersports enthusiasts flock to the town as the region offers some of the best slopes in the country. In summer Queenstown enjoys an average temperature of 77 F (25 C). While the nights are chilly, the days are long, allowing you to make the most of the region’s stunning sights in hiking boots or by mountain bike.

Outdoor activities can be found right on the edge of town, and many can be reached by foot. Cruise Lake Wakatipu aboard the historic TSS Earnslaw Steamship, then hop off at Walter Peak High Country Farm for a traditional farm experience. Take the Skyline Gondola up Bob’s Peak for stunning views across town and some of the best hiking in the Lake Wakatipu area.

Queenstown’s adventure-sport industry is world-class, and the area is known for pioneering many popular sports. Plunge 141 feet (43 meters) from the Kawarau Suspension Bridge at the first commercial bungee jumping platform in the world, or take a spin down the Shotover River aboard the Shotover Jet, the iconic jet-boat experience.

Central Queenstown has a youthful and energetic resort-town culture and is home to many bars, restaurants and hotels. Enjoy an evening of local food and wine at the Steamer Wharf entertainment precinct, or pack your own picnic and head to the sprawling Queenstown Gardens.

Queenstown has plenty of outfitters and rental companies that will help you with gear for the slopes or trails. Located in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island, the town can be reached by plane, bus or car, and car rental is widely available. While Queenstown is popular year-round, the snow season brings an influx of visitors and accommodation can be booked out well in advance during this time

Where to stay in Queenstown

Ramada Queenstown Central
Ramada Queenstown Central
4 out of 5
24 Frankton Road, Queenstown, 9300
The price is £79 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4-star ski hotel in Queenstown. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (464 reviews)
"Not bad for the price"

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2022

Ramada Queenstown Central
Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
4 out of 5
88 Frankton Road, Queenstown, 9300
The price is £102 per night from 27 May to 28 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Queenstown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4/5 Very Good! (994 reviews)
"Good value for money."

Reviewed on 28 Apr 2022

Copthorne Hotel & Apartments Queenstown Lakeview
Kamana Lakehouse
Kamana Lakehouse
4.5 out of 5
139 Fernhill Road, Queenstown, 9300
The price is £107 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Queenstown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 hot tubs. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in their ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (212 reviews)
"Customer service was excellent, we felt welcomed, and answered any questions we had. Room presented nicely With a homey vibe despite not getting a lakeside view. Would recommend"

Reviewed on 14 May 2022

Kamana Lakehouse
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Wyndham Garden Queenstown
Wyndham Garden Queenstown
4 out of 5
32 Red Oak Drive, Remarkables Park, Queenstown, 9300
The price is £67 per night from 20 Jun to 21 Jun
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Queenstown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (399 reviews)
"Our stay was excellent. No hassles, and friendly helpful front desk and room maintenance girls. We would return!"

Reviewed on 1 Feb 2022

Wyndham Garden Queenstown
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
4 out of 5
171-179 Frankton Road, Queenstown, 9300
The price is £79 per night from 25 May to 26 May
Stay at this 4-star luxury apartment in Queenstown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a free shopping centre shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (935 reviews)
"2 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment with spa pool. Stunning view, massive balcony with outdoor furniture. Quiet in terms of traffic noise even though I was close to the road. Well fitted kitchen. Gas fire. Bathrooms very small but very high quality. Large leather L shaped couch. Small dining table. 20min ..."

Reviewed on 8 May 2022

Oaks Queenstown Club Suites
Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown
Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown
5 out of 5
110 Frankton Road, Queenstown, 9300
The price is £100 per night from 25 May to 26 May
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Queenstown. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and private hot tubs. Our guests praise the convenient parking and the comfy ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (752 reviews)
"Should be more clearly stated that there is no staff after 7pm. Tried to get a couple more towels but no one answers the phone. Had to msg the hotel via chat on Expedia to get a response the next morning."

Reviewed on 7 Feb 2022

Swiss-Belsuites Pounamu Queenstown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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